What About the Children? Oakland Participates in the National Theater Release of American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny on June 6th; Supports CCPR

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Every once in a while there is film that makes a difference in people’s lives. “American Drug War 2” is one of those films. Director Kevin Booth navigates through the cutting edge of Cannabis research while becoming a foster parent to a child court ordered to take powerful mind altering drugs.

Cash Hyde teaches us how children are affected by the drug war.

Cash Hyde teaches us how children are affected by the drug war.

The most powerful and important documentary on the Drug War to date. - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

After surviving brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, a 2-year-old boy lay in a coma not eating for over 40 days. His parents are told to make funeral arrangements. However, his father had read about a version of an ancient drug made from cannabis. Unbeknownst to the hospital staff, the parents start secretly injecting the illegal drug into their dying son’s feeding tube and soon a “miracle” takes place. When the doctors are told that cannabis was the cause of the “miracle,” they have nothing to say.

Thursday, June 6th at 9:00pm - 10:55pm in Oakland, CA at The New Parkway Theater, this movie focuses on children who have become the ultimate victim in our countries longest running war. After watching what children are being put through as a result of our country’s dated and corrupted laws, it’s hard for anyone to argue that things should stay the same. “A deeply moving, personal story depicting victims of this foolish, failed War on Drugs.” - Peter Stone SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy)

Every war has unintended victims and it’s the children who are losing America’s longest running war. From cartel recruiting grounds of Mexico – to a child being removed from his birth mother for smoking marijuana. Is it a conspiracy? Or simple profit motives that continue to keep marijuana inside the black market. "The experience was very traumatic, sobering and anger filled, in spite of the fact that I have been at this game for too many years.” - Stephen Downing Deputy Chief, LAPD (ret.)

Presented by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR) a nonpartisan organization dedicated to replacing the harmful policy of cannabis prohibition with reasonable regulations based on science through ballot initiatives, legislative collaboration and public education campaigns. We are a broad based alliance of advocacy groups and committed individuals building a strong majority coalition in support of ending cannabis prohibition. Focused on strategic policy and organizing work from our experience with Prop 19, CCPR is the largest, most experienced, trusted and unified coalition working for cannabis policy reform in California.

Ticket sales are sponsored by Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest not-for-profit model medical cannabis dispensary, which was co-founded in 2006 and serves approximately 100,000 registered patients. A landmark facility, HHC offers patients free holistic health services, lab-tested medicine, a low-income care package program, substance misuse support and education, while strictly complying with state and local laws regarding medical cannabis.

Kevin’s newest film “American Drug War 2” will be in theaters on June 6th 2013 with worldwide VOD broadcast via Gravitas ventures and Warner Brothers digital distribution. After winning “Best Feature Documentary” at numerous film festivals. Kevin’s original “American Drug War” premiered on the SHOWTIME network (CBS) in March of 2008. Kevin also released “How Weed Won the West” in 2010 and continues lecturing at universities from coast to coast on the subject of drug policy and marijuana legalization.

American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny presented by Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform on Thursday, June 6th at 9:00pm - 10:55pm in Oakland, CA at the New Parkway Theater; $10.00 for General Admission with a portion of ticket sales going to CCPR. Representatives from CCPR and Harborside Health Center will be available for questions after the movie, and we will be accepting donations to help the family of little Cash Hyde, as well as CCPR to change the laws enforcing the failed status quo. Donations are greatly appreciated.

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